Babies (foals), seniors, pregnant mares, retired police horses, wid mustangs, healthy young horses with impeccable manners, mules, donkeys, burros, mini horses, wild mustangs and lead-line party ponies: no horse is safe in the United States from being shipped to slaughter.
It is easy to slip into the slaughter pipeline. Horses aren't seen as sentient beings by the kill buyers haunting the aisles of American horse auctions. They can buy cheap, or they can compete with horse buyers because rescue groups pay the bail of the horses they can save with individual donations. Sadly, the horses saved from the kill pens, are merely the tip of the iceberg; 57,988 horses were given a one way ticket to Mexico in 2017.
While no animal should be killed in a slaughter house anywhere, horses are prey animals with a very powerful flight response when fear is provoked. They break bones, stampede and trample each other. They lose eyes on a long crowded transport trailer without food, water or rest. They suffer failed attempts at being killed multiple times. Sometimes they are skinned and dismembered still alive. Those wielding the stun guns and machetes are human beings but their actions are not the actions of human beings. The killers act like demons. Saving the horses bound for slaughter to Mexico (or Canada) will not only save their lives, it may save some shippers and killers of a fate worse than death because their actions will not be completed.
Karuna Yana extends its mission to save the lives of as many horses as possible and placing them in loving homes. We find healthy horses in kill pens throughout the southern United States with potential to live long and happy lives with human angels, and raise funds to pay their bail, their quarantine, their transportation and medical fees to place them in loving homes with caring people.
Please consider donating to save a horse today. As little as $20 will go toward the rescue of a horse facing slaughter. The donations are pooled until we have enough to rescue and transport a horse to our paddocks in north Florida or to a quarantine facility that is reputable and closer to the location of the horse. Once passed quarantined and vetted and assessed, the horse is then placed into an approved home under a no auction, no sale contract to protect him or her from ever going through another dangerous brush with a human demon.